Ardell Ruth Gordon: 1922–2013 | Passages

Ardell Ruth Gordon   - Contributed photo
Ardell Ruth Gordon
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Ardell Gordon, 91, of Friday Harbor, Wash. passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 embraced in the loving hands of the Life Care Center in Friday Harbor with daughter, Mary, at her side.

She began life on a farm in Nebraska, the middle child of seven daughters born to Eugene and Lola (Johnson) Hultquist on Aug. 25, 1922. In 1953 Ardell moved to Palo Alto with husband Dale and her four children. There she enjoyed the next 50 years surrounded by friends and family.

After Dale’s death in 2005, Ardell relocated to San Juan Island to be close to her daughter and son-in-law Mary and Bob, and their daughter Lola. A beloved mother, Ardell will be remembered for her heart filled with gratitude and her warm and caring presence.

She will be missed by her three sisters, Dorothy of Bremerton, Wash., Shirley of Dallas, Texas and June of Oakland, Neb.; son, Leland Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; and daughters Caroline Gordon of Los Gatos, Calif., Edy Salenger of Maui, Hawaii, Mary Elford, of San Juan Island, Wash. and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, plus many other family members and friends.

Ardell was a dynamic, great lady of generosity, warmth and fun, with a heart full of compassion and good cheer. She was deeply loved and shall be missed. At a later date, she will be interred alongside her husband at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, Calif.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Anacortes, Wash. and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Ardell please sign the online guest register at

— Family of Ardell Gordon

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